Enjoy the experience of creating Okinawan tsuboya-yaki pottery
Tsuboya-yaki pottery can be largely divided into arayachi, which was introduced into the region from Vietnam between the 14th and 16th Centuries, and joyachi, which was first created by Korean potters after the 17th Century.
Shiisa are talismans against evil and are produced in the rustic arayachi style in which the properties of the clay are a feature. The arayachi technique was primarily used to produce urns for storing water or sake, but in recent years there is an increasing number of arayachi tableware.
Meanwhile, joyachi involves first layering white clay over porcelain clay. Various patterns or a sculptured effect are then added, after which the piece is glazed and fired. The joyachi technique is used in everyday ware such as sake containers, rice bowls, plates and bowls. Although joyachi tends to be more decorated than arayachi, members of the mingei (craft) movement were apparently astounded by, and acclaimed, this style of pottery as it was produced for both the upper classes and the general population.
The Tsuboya area boasts numerous kilns where visitors can enjoy the experience of creating pottery. People of all ages, including children, can produce the tableware of their choice, or even a shiisa. Creating your own piece will be a great memento of your visit to Okinawa, or a great gift for someone special.
Hours: 10:00 to 17:00 (Session times from: 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 14:00, 15:00 and 16:00)
Admission: Around \3000
Address: 1-22-33 Tsuboya, Naha City, Okinawa Prefecture
Airport: Naha Airport
※The pottery-making session lasts around an hour. We recommend that you book at least one day before your visit.
※ It will take approximately one month for your piece/s to be fired.
※ Contact the kiln about operating hours and posting, and postage, of the finished piece/s overseas.